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FUTURIST


I believe in balance, equality and stasis — mediating between the past and future.

Beyond architecture and design my work is in the visualisation of our shared future in a human-centered experience that goes beyond the demands of business, politics and technology.

Scroll down for more about Futurism or see some of my work as an Architect / Designer

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FUTURIST


I believe in balance, equality and stasis — mediating between the past and future.

Beyond architecture and design my work is in the visualisation of our shared future in a human-centered experience that goes beyond the demands of business, politics and technology.

Scroll down for more about Futurism or see some of my work as an Architect / Designer

Watch mY LIGHTNING talk AT THE IXDA:

 

“The best way to predict the future is to create it”

Having graduated from UCD Innovation Academy along with additional training from Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design and the Futurist Institute I am uniquely qualified to design the future.

Keep scrolling to see my process and examples of my future thinking:

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Futurecasting


Futurecasting is a workshop technique used to forecast potential futures. It is not about predicting the future — it is about hypothesising multiple scenarios using technological trends and drawing from evolving new research. The purpose is not to bet on an outcome but to be prepared for multiple possible outcomes.

The culmination of the workshop is a ‘Museum of the Future’ where artefacts from each potential future scenario are displayed as if they were curated by archivists — each item tells a relatable story from social, technological, economic and political angles.

In this projection of stories revealed in a reversal of time-travel, insights can be found.

Futurecasting


Futurecasting is a workshop technique used to forecast potential futures. It is not about predicting the future — it is about hypothesising multiple scenarios using technological trends and drawing from evolving new research. The purpose is not to bet on an outcome but to be prepared for multiple possible outcomes.

The culmination of the workshop is a ‘Museum of the Future’ where artefacts from each potential future scenario are displayed as if they were curated by archivists — each item tells a relatable story from social, technological, economic and political angles.

In this projection of stories revealed in a reversal of time-travel, insights can be found.

THE TECHNIQUE

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Future Forecast

Each trend and resulting ideas are plotted on a timeline.

Ideas that are far fetched are placed on the outer edges of what might be possible in the future. Ideas that are very probable are placed closer to the centreline. Ideas can result in both utopian and dystopian outcomes — one is preferable.

In this way, the sequence of ideas can correspond to other ideas along the same timeline and can be cross referenced.

The most realistic ideas are taken to the next stage.

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End States

Each idea can be hypothesised in a number of directions depending on world events and unknown unknowns. So it is a good idea to create scenarios for each end state

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Futures Wheel

The implications of trends developing into ideas can be mapped across the STEEEP framework so that every aspect is considered and the holistic impact of ideas is recognised.

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Headlines Exercise

How will the future will be perceived in the media? What major events will be milestones in the development of new technology or trends? In this creative exercise, the future feels more real and the first artefacts from the future are created.

 

EXAMPLE FUTURE TREND:

(from CIID Futurecasting workshop 2019)

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THE PROCESS

Research and Discovery

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STEEEP framework

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The Future Forecast

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Sketching Artefact Ideas

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Creating Future Headlines

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Critique and Discussion

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FUTUREFACTS - ARTEFACTS FROM THE FUTURE

The TEAM

Futurecasting Workshop 2019
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

Space Manufacturing
Ronan Kenny
Alexandra Mateus
Francesca Ferrari
Francesca Desmarais

Instructors: Ulrik Hogrebe & Filippo Cuttica

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© RONAN KENNY